Old Mine Road ~ D. and H. Canal

Old Mine Road ~ D. and H. Canal (HM289O)

Location: Wurtsboro, NY 12790 Sullivan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 36.326', W 74° 27.448'

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Historic New York

Minisink Indians traveling between the Delaware and Hudson Rivers followed the valley which they called Shawangunk ("southward"). Later the name was applied to the mountains to the east. Colonists early in the 18th century used this same level route, which was then called "Old Mine Road" from legends that Dutch prospectors had used it to reach copper or silver deposits in New Jersey. By 1756, it was a highway used by wagons and stagecoaches.
Anthracite coal mines in Pennsylvania needed an outlet to city markets, and this led Maurice and William Wurts, merchants of Philadelphia, to construct the Delaware and Hudson Canal. With John B. Jervis as chief engineer, the 108-mile canal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania, to Kingston, on the Hudson, was completed in 1828. A long section of the new canal paralleled the overland route. Coal was principal cargo, but canal barges carried lumber, cement and other products as well as passengers. This traffic brought growth and prosperity to the region. Railroads, first built to feed the canal, gradually took over until little coal was carried on the canal. It was abandoned in 1899.
A modern highway follows the old thoroughfare chiefly serving the famous Catskill resorts.
HM NumberHM289O
Year Placed1966
Placed ByState of New York Education Department and Department of Public Works
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Date Added Friday, June 8th, 2018 at 7:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 545207 N 4606111
Decimal Degrees41.60543333, -74.45746667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 36.326', W 74° 27.448'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 36' 19.56" N, 74° 27' 26.88" W
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Area Code(s)845
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Old Mine Rd, Wurtsboro NY 12790, US
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